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1964 Volvo P1800S
Chassis No. 10166
Engine No. 2120
U.S. Specification P1800S with European Tourist Delivery
Desirable Early Model with Bullhorn Bumpers
Exceptionally Well-Documented with All Original Purchase Records & Correspondence
Complete Numbers-Matching, Correct Cream over Red Livery
A Benchmark Example with Known History from New
With Original VIN-Matched Instruction Book
Spring 2018 Multi-Point Inspection & Service
Idea as al Long Distance Tourer, Weekend Runabout or Local Show Car
An absolutely stunning design by Pelle Petterson, the P1800 was wroduced from 1961 to 1973, and first became popular when it was featured as the main car driven by Roger Moore in the hit television series 'The Saint' which aired from 1962 to 1969. Car & Driver marveled that: "We can't recall ever giving a car such a thrashing for an ordinary road test. We also can't remember having so much sheer uninterrupted fun with an automobile."
10166 (type : P18345) was purchased new from Volvo Niham on April 24, 1964 and delivered to The Hague, Holland under the AB Volvo European Delivery Plan in Cream over Red leather upholstery. Its first owner, Mr. Goodwill of New York was residing in Europe while working for American Overseas Petroleum. Planning to return to the U.S. in September of '64, his work orders changed, and Goodwill delightfully picked up his Volvo from the Belgian port and drove it to his new assignment in England. The car toured and travelled through many countries early in life and is accompanied by its original bill of sale, delivery and purchase paperwork, Dutch registration certificate, as well as correspondence between Goodwill and the Dutch Royal Touring Club, Volvo and others. Goodwill later transferred to California, where the car P1800S would spend most of its time in the southern region. An extensive recorded servicing history follows the car throughout the years, including a period in 1974/75 in Fort Worth, Texas. Goodwill later sold the Volvo to its second owner, Mr. Paine of Walnut, CA on July 27, 1985. In 1992, the car would receive its current paintwork under Paine's care, and eventually made its way to Georgia and ultimately Florida.
Many years of California residency has left this particularly honest example in exceptionally solid form, while a spring 2018 multi-point inspection and service, assures instant smiles for miles and all-around enjoyment. Recent service included new plugs, wires and ignition consumables, fluids, filters, belt and battery, brake master cylinder and hoses, clutch master cylinder, ball joints and suspension bushings, new shocks all-around, axle check straps, alignment and correct Michelin XZX tires on all four tires. Palo Alto Speedometer updated and refreshed the tachometer.
The Volvo displays an excellent "driver's" fit and finish throughout, with beautifully mellowed paintwork, which compliments the matching brightwork, vented steel wheels and clear glass all-around. A corresponding spare with jack and emergency accessories reside in the rear. With ample luggage and cabin space, the P1800S really can be a sensible, practical classic sports car - ideal for the touring experience.
Here is a fantastic example of what is considered one of the most graceful Volvos ever produced. A design so prevalent, aspects can still be seen in its modern counterpart. Beautiful styling coupled with impossibly rugged mechanicals, the P1800 model is very easy to maintain and in fact holds the record for the highest recorded mileage in a non-commercial vehicle.
"The greatest Volvo ever built, a lot of people think they want a sports car, what they really want is a grand touring car, the P1800 gives you the best elements of both" - Jay Leno
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